MADMAN TRAILS OF BHUTAN

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Men Elite | 18 – 39
Men Open | 18 – 39
Men Master 40 | 40 – 49
Men Master 50 | 50+
Women | All ages
Junior | 17+

The Asian Enduro Series (AES) – BHUTAN!

The rage is on as the emergence of a new trail comes in the shape of the Madman Trails. The Madman Trails of Bhutan is a tribute to his holy wanderlust, and to test the trails in all it’s glory.

Limbukha is the starting point for the Madman Trails, the trail’s highest point is at 2,100 feet. The ride immediately sets you on a lovely single track carpeted with oak leaves, where strategically placed kickers allow faster riders to zoom off at break neck speeds while leaving the slower riders with enough room to maneuver.

The forgiving gradient of this section is a delight regardless of the riders’ skill sets. The single track is intermittently littered with both natural and man-made burms and switchbacks at par with the best.

The first edition of the race will be held in the land of the thunder dragon, from the 5th and 6th of December 2020. The Asian Enduro Series will take place in Limbukha, Punakha and the final race will be divided into 6 stages in 2 race days.

Punakha district has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. Punakha Dzong is not only the second oldest and second largest dzong but it also has one of the most majestic structures in the country.

October 13, 2011 marked an unforgettable wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema which was held at Punakha Dzong.  It was built at the confluence of two major rivers in Bhutan, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, which converge in this valley. It is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls.

In addition to its structural beauty, Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. This relic is a self-created image of Avalokiteswara that miraculously emerged from the vertebrae of Tsangpa Gyarey, the founder of the Drukpa School when he was cremated.

Punakha valley has a pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. It is located at an average elevation of 1200 m above sea level. Owing to the favorable climatic conditions, rice has become the main cash crop cultivated in the region.

The event is brought to you by The Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures Pvt. Ltd (BPV). It is  a social enterprise founded by  His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. We are a socially oriented commercial company that applies commercial strategies to maximize social impact.

VENUE

Limbukha, Punakha, Bhutan

Organizer

Bhutan Philanthropy Venture

MAPS

The trail maps will be available 2 days before the race.

Event Schedule

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

OFFICIAL PRACTICE DAY 1

07:00AM : Breakfast
07:45AM : Shuttle Ready
03:30PM : Race tracks closed
07:00PM : Dinner

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

OFFICIAL PRACTICE DAY 2 & OPENING CEREMONY

07:00AM : Breakfast
07:45AM : Drive to the start point for SS4-SS6
03:30PM : Official race track closed
04:30PM : Official Opening ceremony and race briefing followed by timing chips distribution
06:00PM : Dinner

Notice : Please have your bikes checked by our officials. You will need a sticker of approval in your bike at the start gate tomorrow. This will be given to you during official registration on day 1.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

RACE DAY 1 SS1-SS3

07:00AM : Breakfast
07:45AM : Pedal to start point
09:45AM : SS1 starts
03:00PM : Pedal back to the official hotel to the finish line
07:00PM : Dinner

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

RACE DAY 2 SS4-SS6

07:00AM : Breakfast
07:45AM : Pedal to start of SS4
09:45AM : SS4 begins
02:00PM : Participants pedal back to the finish line
05:00PM : Award Ceremony
06:30PM : After party 

Event Registration

All tourists who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their trip through a Bhutanese tour operator. The tour operator will take care of Visa, air ticket and ground logistics arrangements for visitors.

In keeping with the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s policy of “High Value. Low Impact” tourism, a Minimum Daily Package is required for tourists. We have developed a new adventure & community tourism product as a part of our holding enterprise, Bhutan Impact Travels.

Registration deadlines

      • Registration: Starts March 5th – Ends September 6th, 2020
      • Late registration: Starts September 7th – Ends December 1st, 2020
      • On-site registration:  December 2nd, 2020

Registration rates

      • Registration: $ 100 / Nu 7000
      • Late registration: $ 130 / Nu 9100
      • On-site registration:  $ 169 / Nu 11,830

Attention: Registration fee/Payment must be done before each deadline!